SAGD Produced Water Treatment: Technologies & Challenges

April 25, 2019 — 3:00-4:15 p.m.

In today’s market, the oilsands industry faces two major challenges: cost reduction and GHG (Green House Gases) emission reduction. These put a strain on the conventional technologies, both for oil extraction and produced water treatment. This session will address and discuss the conventional methods for achieving these reductions, as well as recent developments in water treatment associated with SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage). There will be an emphasis on produced water treatment technologies, challenges, and alternatives.

SAGD is an in-situ thermal recovery method used in the oilsands production. The high-quality steam used in SAGD reduces the bitumen viscosity and makes it mobile. SAGD is a water-intensive technology: In order to produce 1 m3 of oil, an average of 3 m3 of steam is injected into the reservoir, in the form of cold-water equivalent. Environmental regulations limit the consumption of the freshwater recourses. Therefore, it is crucial to recycle and reuse produced water.

Learning Outcomes & Materials

Topics to be covered include:

  • Introduction to SAGD extracting technology
  • Conventional methods of produced water treatment
  • Challenges relating produced water treatment
  • Alternatives and technology advancement

Presented by

Nasser Sallamie, P.Eng., PhD

Consulting Engineer

    Shiva Zohreh Vand, PhD, E.I.T.

    Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Researcher

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